About the Workshop

Saturday, October 16  •  11am–2pm  •  Pre-Registration Required  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

Non-human animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms help to build the ecology of shared public parks and interstitial urban spaces. With an acknowledgment of the rich and, at times, invisible exchanges between species, artists Marcela Torres and D Rosen will work with participants to create olfactory experiences for both humans and non-human animals in conversation with the local ecology. Pheromone will provide sensorial tools to facilitate interspecies rituals, home-based care practices, and thoughtful collaborations within multi-species ecologies.

D. Rosen and Marcela Torres


D Rosen

D Rosen is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives and works on the unceded lands of the Odawa, Ojibwe, Myaamia, Peoria, Kickapoo, Kaskaskia, and Potawatomi nations, commonly known as Chicago, IL. Rosen attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2018, received an MFA from the University of Chicago in 2013, and a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2011. Upcoming shows include Exgirlfriend (Berlin, Germany), Roots & Culture (Chicago, IL), and UNCC Rowe Galleries (Charlotte, NC). In 2021, Rosen’s essay on interspecies scent rituals was published in Olfactory Art and the Political in an Age of Resistance edited by Gwenn-Aël Lynn and Debra Riley Parr for Routledge (New York + London). Rosen operates from the position that questions of animality are not binary but rather a tangle of ecologies and richly complicated identities, framed by culture.

Marcela Torres

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, living in transit between Chicago and Brooklyn.. Torres received a BA in Sculpture Intermedia and a BFA in Art History from the University of Utah, continuing their studies in MFA in Performance form School of the Art Institute Chicago. Torres has performed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), The Momentary (Bentonville, AK), Fringe Festival (Detroit, MI), Experimental Actions (Houston, TX) and Time Based Arts (Portland, Oregon). Torres has exhibited work at Recess (Brooklyn, NY), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL) UW-Parkside University (Kenosha, WI), Tropical Contemporary (Eugene, OR), Petzel Gallery (NYC, NY) In 2021 Torres will be a resident at Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts.